Elgon Cup, drug first leg
Uganda 18-23 Kenya
Kenya continued her dominance against rivals and neighbors Uganda with yet another spirited performance in the first leg of the Elgon Cup played on Saturday at Legends rugby club grounds, pills Lugogo.
Darwin Mukidzaa proved a thorn in the foot for the rugby cranes having a bigger role in helping Kenya cruise to a 23-18 victory in the first leg of the annual contest.
The Simbas despite playing away from home proved their prowess starting the game the better side and 5 minutes into the game, Mukidza converted a penalty to put the visitors in an early lead.
Uganda was reduced to 14 men with Marvin Odong picking up a yellow card and was sent to the sin bin. This played in Kenya’s way, who continued to attack Uganda.
The pressure paid off dividends moments later with Samson Onsomu making the first try of the game . Mukidza made no mistake to bury the conversion and Kenya led 10-00.
Upon return, Marvin Odong returned with a bang making Uganda’s first try of the game that sent the fully parked stadium into raptures. Phillip Wokorach made the conversion before finishing off a penalty to send Uganda ahead at 11-10.
A spirited attack orchestrated by Ivan Magomu saw his chipped pass over the Kenya defense line put to use by James Odong who crossed the white chalk.
The Deejay of the day, Silk Stuart played Bebe Cool ft Sauti Sol’s Mbozzi za Malwa to the delight of the mammoth crowd and the conversion from Phillip Wokorach also went in to aid Uganda to a 18-10 halftime lead.
However, there was change of fortunes after recess with the visitors returning recharged. Martin Owilla made a try for the Simbas before Mukidza rose to the occasion to clear the conversion.
Aaron Ofoirwoth who came on for Ivan Kirabo was unlucky as he was sent to the sin bin less than a minute after coming on.
The result means, Kenya carry a 5 point advantage ahead of the return leg in Nairobi slated for 24th June with the same fixture serving as an Africa gold cup match.
Uganda’s Marvin Odong was named the man of the match.